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Add that little something special and brilliant to any container garden. Humming Birds adore the nectar & the Shocking oranges red hues, edged by golden and green accents. 1-inch long, tapered petals with a prominent beak, surrounded by grayish green, slightly fuzzy foliage. Also known as parrot’s beak, this lovely little plant is an excellent summer container filler and adaptive as a trailing or border plant. Gardeners with moxie like to tuck in a unique and surprising plant for a stunning bombshell in the midst of more standard summertime beauty. This is what the lotus vine plant was created for – to shock and amaze.
What is the lotus vine? It is a tender tropical plant from the Canary and Cape Verde Islands and Tenerife. It is only hardy in USDA zones 10 to 12 but makes an excellent summer container annual. The plant tends to trail and individual tendrils may get up to a foot or more long. The flowers arrive in the cooler seasons of spring and early summer and most plants go dormant when temperatures begin to soar. Plants grown outside in lower USDA zones will succumb when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 C).
Growing a Lotus Vine
You can find this plant in early summer in many garden centers or nurseries. If you have a friend with one, you can also try growing a lotus vine through stem cuttings. Seeds are started indoors 8 to10 weeks before the expected date of transplant but will need another year before they can start forming flowers. Save plants in a greenhouse or move them indoors where temperatures do not get below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 C).
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Dr. John Richards established Richards Tree Farm in Middle Smithfield, PA as an evergreen farm. Building on those roots, his Great Grandson, Seth Hastings Richards, has grown the farm into a full service Garden Center and Landscape installation business for the past 25 years. The farm specializes in Organic Gardening, Edible, Native, and Unique plants.